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  1. Re: Any wood products I should avoid for finishing bee boxes?

    There is actually iron oxide pigment in most wood stains that blocks UV rays. Use one rated for outdoor use. I've used plenty of thomsons on fences but never had much luck with in on my wood decks....
  2. Re: Denver, CO - light yellow pollen, mid-March

    Same up here. Maple I think.
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    In my neighborhood the flow starts mid June and lasts until 1st or 2nd week of July, its all linden/basswood. One hive drew and filled a deep, the other swarmed, so butkus. There are plenty of apple,...
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    Re: Placement of hives for best pollination

    Beeware I'm still confused about the cross pollination thing. Based on your description, a bee collects (pollen or nectar) from one tree/plant then before getting a full load is bugged by too many...
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    Re: Placement of hives for best pollination

    I would think it is a good thing to have your hives spread from the perspective that there is less competition for forage. This assumes an even distribution of forage rather than a central foraging...
  6. Re: behr premium weather proofing wood finish

    I got a gallon+ in a 5 gallon can of oops paint Valspar Duramax (gray) from one of the big box stores for $5. Its been going for 3 years and not showing signs of wear on the hives or the shed.
    I did...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    I will be getting into extracting this year too, or I should say I just bought a half dozen shallows and I'll see how things go.
    For reference does the hot/cold knife decision lend itself to running...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Some of the maples were blooming a couple of weeks ago in my flight zone.
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    Re: moving brood around

    Dan what's the tape inside the box for?

    Fabian
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    Re: Making Sugar Water

    For 1:1 I don't heat the water beyond hot tap water. You just have to stir a little.
    Mine is almost never crystal clear.
    for 2:1 I do it just like you are doing it, albeit with twice the sugar,...
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    Re: superable topbar plans

    I have some top bar hive plans on my blog. My hives are 36 inches (26 top bars) long. The top bars are 18 inches long. In my opinion 36 inches is too short. I had overpopulation problems with both of...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage is possible

    Beepro how did you over winter it? I'm also interested in the white flower borage. Any idea how it differs from the blue stuff.
    I've had borage, the blue, in my garden for many years, it resows...
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    Re: Plastic starters in TBH nuc frames

    Chuck, how about a vertical stick, such as a dowel. Attached to the top bar via a drilled hole in the bar with glue. You could even notch the bottom of the dowel and string some fishing line to other...
  14. Thread: Fall Harvest

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    Re: Fall Harvest

    Looks dark, buckwheat?
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    Re: Crimson clover

    I've planted areas about 5x10 and see light honey bee traffic on it early in the season. More bumble bees than honey bees. I fall sow and it blooms in the spring.
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    Re: Preparing for Next Year

    There is a lot of Russian sage in our area. It blooms for quite a while in late summer into fall. While I wouldn't say the bees hit it hard all the time, there usually are some bees on each plant...
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    Re: Holy Cow they're thirsty!

    Printerman if you leave the super on over winter it will provide food for spring, but you'll also run the risk of getting eggs laid there early next year. Dirty comb. Assuming the comb is drawn in...
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    Light colored in NE Boulder too. There was lots of sweet yellow clover around, more than last year. Linden was good too. Bees are out now but no major flow, lots of flowers in neighbors yards.
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    Re: Colorado native bee identification

    Bumble bees, I don't know the variety. We have the same stripe pattern in Boulder(near Niwot) these small ones are the workers. earlier in the season we had larger ones, queens I'm guessing, working...
  20. Re: Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it

    It's a biannual so no flowers until the second year. It's Good for honey, I heard an old beekeeper in colorado say that there are no bad beekeepers in years that the sweet yellow clover blooms.
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    Re: Hello from Colorado Springs

    Hello Blue,
    What's blooming in the the Springs? We have golden rain trees up here. I think it's the last tree flowering tree we'll see. Lots of garden flowers still going strong.
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    Re: Bees are building new comb

    I agree with J-rat.
    Also feeding 1 to 1 will help
  23. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    I split both of my top bar hives this year,into langs. I screwed a couple of drywall screws into the end of my 18" bars so the screw heads rest on the lang's frame rest. Those hives are doing good,...
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    Re: yellow jackets and low egg numbers?

    I use the big box store traps with the pheromone lures but I've seen videos on u-tube where you can make your own traps using soda bottles and fermented juice or wine.
    here's a picture of mine. cant...
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    Re: yellow jackets and low egg numbers?

    I have a neighbor whose 2 hives were robbed out last fall. The yellow jackets will fly at lower temps than the bees and attack when the bees are confined due to low temps. I know this is months away....
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